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District Announcements
2016-17 K-12 Enrollment Now Available
Enrollment in Westside Schools
For District Residents:
We are now accepting enrollments for new students who will be in grades K-12 NEXT year (2016-17).

To enroll a K-12á student for NEXT School Year (2016-17), click HERE. (District residents ONLY.)
Click hereáfor more information about the process and the documents you will need.
New Calendar System
Westside Community Schools is now using a Google calendar system. áWe are no longer using the calendar embedded on our District website. áWe hope the new calendar system will provide you easier access to our school information. áTo view the new calendar, click on the following link:

Screen Free Week!
Don't forget that Sunset Hills Screen Free Week is coming up next week! áThis is a time where students commit to turning off the television, video games, and other screens. áInstead, we want students to get active! áStudents can keep track of their "active minutes" on their activity log, and turn the completed log into their classroom teacher Friday, May 6th. á

Monday, May 2nd: áBike Rally and Taco Ride, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 3rd: áOutside Game Day, 2:15 pm
Thursday, May 5th: áSkateDaze, 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, May 6th: áFun Run, 2:00
TACKarchitects Visits Sunset Hills!
This week Sunset Hills had a visit from TACKarchitects. TACK will be designing the new school, set to begin construction next year.á The students were given a presentation on the job ofá an architect and engineer. áThey were also given a chance to give their opinion about the design of the new school.á What a neat opportunity for our students! áClick for more photos
Art & Soup Night-A Huge Success!
On Friday, Sunset Hills held the fourth annual Art and Soup Night! áThis night featured an all school art show, a free soup/chili dinner and contest, and many activities. áStudents andáfamilies browsed art displays, got their faces painted andáparticipated in the numerous, fun, art-related activities. áThis year was extra special, as Sunset alumni and visiting artist Neil Griess was in attendance.á Griess previously worked with all students to create art based on their favorite memory from Sunset Hills. áDonations that were collected will support the Community Club's art program,áArtPALS. áThank you to the Sunset Hills CommunityáClub, the soup-maker's, the volunteers,átheástudents andáfamilies of Sunset, and especially our visiting artist! áAn incredible night was had by all! áClick Here For Photos
Movie Night at Sunset Hills!
áLast Friday night, students and families of Sunset Hills gathered in the gym for Movie Night. áThe movie showing was "Inside Out." áThose in attendance had the opportunity to bring their own blankets, chairs and pillows, as well as purchase concessions from sixth graders. áIt was a fun night for all! áThanks to everyone that came! áClick Here To See Photos...
Sunset Hills Celebrates National Coding Month!
On Wednesday, students in grades 3-6 celebrated National Coding Month in a big way!á Students had the opportunity to learn about and work with drones.á Each class first learned about what drones are used for and how to program the drone, using an iPad app.áá Students then worked on programming the drone to complete several different challenges, including getting the drone to land in a box or go through a hula-hoop.áá What a great experience for all!á Thank you to the Westside technology department for all of your help!
Sunset Hills Geography Bee
The Sunset Hills Geography Bee was held on December 15, where top performers from grades 4,5, and 6 competed. áThe runner up was fourth grader, Owen Schafer, and the school champion was sixth grader, Mitchell Fehr. áMitchell will beginápreparing for the state geography bee qualifying test and will possibly compete in the state bee, which will be held at UNO in the spring. áPlease congratulate all students! áThey did a great job!
Artist Neil Griess Helps Sunset Create Art from Memories
This past month, students at Sunset Hills enjoyed a visit with acclaimed Omaha artist Neil Griess.á The project began with classroom teachers working with students to create a writing piece based on their favorite school memory.áá Griess then met with each class to turn the memory into a 3-D model, very similar to what he builds during his own creative process. áThank you to Neil Griess, and the Sunset ArtPALS committee for sponsoring his visit.á What a truly unique and great experience for all! á
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3rd/4th Music Program
On Monday, 3rd and 4th grade displayed their musical talents at an afternoon and evening program. áMusic teacher, Mr Huntley, led the students in songs, rhythms, beats and more! áThe program was used to showcase the different skills that are practiced in music class. áThe show did not disappoint and entertainment was provided for all! á
Sunset Hills Honors Vetrans
On November 11th, Sunset Hills held a special program to honor Veterans. áAn overwhelming amount of Veterans were in attendance, each of which had some kind of connection to the students at Sunset Hills. áThe Veterans, and others, were treated to a program from the students. áThere was singing, poetry, finger plays, and even a solo by sixth grader, Jenna Liakos. áVeteran's names were read off, and each Veteran in attendance was presented with a carnation and thank-you note from a sixth grade student. áThank you to the students and staff who made this program possible, and a special thank-you to the Veterans! áClick Here for Photos...
Award-Winning Author and Illustrator Visits Sunset!
On Tuesday, October 27th, Don Tate visited Sunset Hills! áTate is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. áHe has been featured at many literacy festivals and won countless numbers of awards for his books. áTate spoke to K-3, followed by 4-6. áHis presentation was interactive, speaking about his books and his love for writing and drawing. áWhat a great experience for our school! áClick Here For Photos...
Sunset Hills Spelling Bee
On Tuesday, October 27th, the Sunset Hills Spelling Bee was held at the Westside Community Conference Center. All students in grades 4-6 took a written test prior to this event to determine who would compete. áCongratulations to Owen Schafer, our school winner, and Tyler Spady, who took second place in the competition. áOwen and Tyler will move on to the Westside School District Bee, which will be held on November 20th at the Community Conference Center. áMeghann Plumb and Jackson Ingvoldstadáplaced third and fourth respectively and will also attend the competition to cheer on their school. áCongratulations to our winner and all who competed!
Sunset Hills Raises Money For Great Cause!
In September, SGA sponsored a fundraiser for the "Great American Milk Drive." áThe students and families at Sunset Hills went above and beyond and raised $1,224.00! áMrs. Carroll's class won the pizza party for being the class that raised the most money. áAll of the money raised went straight to the Food Bank of the Heartland to buy milk for those in need. áWay to go Sunset Hills!
SGA Sponsors "The Great American Milk Drive"
Next week will be the beginning of "The Great American Milk Drive," sponsored by SGA. áOn Friday, each student was sent home with a small milk jug. áStudents and families are encouraged to fill the container with any amount of loose change. áAll donations will help the Hunger Collaborative provide gallons of milk for local families in need. á áThe containers need to be returned to your child's classroom by Monday, September 28th. áThe class with the largest donation will receive a pizza party!
Technology With Buddies!
This week Mrs. Carroll'sákindergartenersáworked with Mrs.áMcMeekin'sáthird graders to create aáPicCollageáonátheiráiPads. áFirst, theákindergarten studentáchose an animal to research, and the third graders helped gatheráfacts using aásearch engine, calledáPebbleGo. áThe students then worked together to create aáPicCollageáwith pictures and the information they collected. áCheck out some photos here!
Back To School Picnic!
Last Sunday, Sunset Hills held the second annual Back-to-School Picnic.á The picnic was held at Elmwood Park, and it was a beautiful evening!á Everyone brought their own picnic dinner to enjoy, and Community Club provided cookies.áá The kids enjoyed the playgrounds and other games, while parents got the chance to talk with other Sunset families.á Teachers and staff from Sunset also stopped by!á It was a great turn out!á Thank you to everyone who came! áClick Here to See Photos
Welcome Back!
Welcome Back! áWe hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and fun summer! áIt is exciting that we are getting ready to start the 2015-2016 school year! áRemember to mark your calendars for Sneak-A-Peek Night on Monday, August 10th from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. áThis is a great opportunity for students and families to meet their teacher and get a quick look into their classrooms! áThe first day of school will be Wednesday, August 12th! á
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